What drew you to street photography initially?
The street is where the world randomly happens and I have always been fascinated by how the eye, through the lens, can magically bring some meaning to this chaos.
In your opinion, how can a street photographer become a better storyteller?
Stories are born out of the ability to link the people, the objects and the light the lens captures: sometimes they are only discovered at the editing stage! Was it intuition? Was it by chance? Are we recreating reality? Who knows?
Where is your favorite place to shoot and why?
It’s not the place, but the mood that generates my shooting, and that mood springs out of some mysterious inner compulsion!
What about travel photography? What’s the best way to capture the “soul” of a place you are visiting for the first time?
I noted that often my favorite pictures are taken under the adrenaline of experiencing a new place, a new situation, a new encounter rather than after all this has become more familiar. This is also true in travel, to capture the soul of a place you need to connect, and this connection often happens under the first initial shock. But then the beauty of traveling is nothing else than undergoing continuous shocks!
What has street photography taught you?
Without curiosity, empathy and a certain dose of melancholy for things that will never happen again there is no photography.
See more of L’usage du monde’s stunning images on his Flickr photostream.